For most serious sports or games, the right equipment can mean the difference between sweet victory or bitter defeat. The same is true with PC gaming. Whether you’re a competitive League of Legends player wanting a gaming laptop with power, or a casual gamer just looking to dunk on your friends in NBA 2K20, choosing the best gaming laptop that fits your needs and budget is essential.
To help make your decision easier, we’ve poured over the details of the latest gaming laptops to bring you our top picks that’ll get you (or your kids) crushing opponents (in a friendly way, of course!) and achieving those high scores.
What kind of gaming laptop are you looking for?
Best Gaming Laptop Overall
The Asus TUF A15 is as good as it gets when it comes to gaming laptops that balance fantastic performance at an affordable price. A sibling to the top-of-the-line ASUS Zephyrus line (more on that below), this laptop’s fast and robust components are suitable for casual gamers and competitive players alike. A gorgeous and vivid picture via its large 15.6-inch screen, the ideal size for most gamers, rounds out this complete package. The TUF A15 is also available in options with more power (and higher price tags) if you want even better performance.
- On a plane or long road trip and need to get your Call of Duty fix? No problem with the TUF A15’s long-lasting battery, which offers more than five hours of gaming and 11 hours of video-watching.
- Connect gaming headsets, mice, keyboards, speakers and even a LAN cable for fast, stable online gaming with the laptop’s USB, Ethernet and HDMI ports, plus its Bluetooth connectivity.
- The TUF A15’s strong chassis (i.e. outer shell) is built for durability, giving you the confidence to throw it in a backpack and take it on the go.
Best for Big-Screen Gaming
The MSI GP75 Leopard is a powerhouse laptop that will easily handle any games you can throw at it—but all this muscle does come at a higher price. The star of the show is its large 17.3-inch display, the biggest of any laptop on our list. With the extra screen real estate, you’ll be able to see your opponents easier in shooter and sports games, plus racers like Forza Horizon 4 will display more of the track for better driving. The large screen is also ideal for binge-watching movies or your favourite TV series, both of which will look stunning and more immersive.
- Perfect for students who use their computers for movies and TV, the GP75 Leopard’s two-speaker setup with dual-subwoofers delivers big, realistic sound.
- A fully customizable backlit keyboard is colour coded to enhance your gameplay or even provide a light show synchronized to your favourite tunes.
- With storage space of 512 GB it’s half the capacity of the less-expensive Acer Nitro 5 (which has a 1 TB hard drive) but it still provides enough room to install dozens of games or thousands of photos or work documents.
Best Mix of Power and Portability
Game anywhere by choosing the portable Asus ROG Zephyrus gaming laptop that’s light enough to bring to coffee shops, your friend’s house, school and more. At just under two centimetres thick and weighing two kilograms (the second-lightest laptop on our list), it’ll easily slide between books and binders in your backpack. It also has a near-edgeless 15.6-inch screen, which looks sleek and helps immerse you in your games.
- The ROG Zephyrus G15 doesn’t mess around with its fast Ryzen 7 processor capable of running the latest titles, as well as easily handling everyday work or school projects.
- While it doesn’t have dual-subwoofers like the MSI GP75 Leopard, the twin front-firing speakers of the Zephyrus supplies crystal-clear sound, while high-resolution drivers deliver immersive, detailed audio to your gaming headset.
- The 512 GB solid-state drive provides enough storage space for about 20 games (averaging about 50 GB per game), but moreover, its ultra-fast speed will load them in seconds.
Best for Fast-Action Games
If you or your kids are into fast-action games like Valorant, Fortnite or Overwatch, the ROG Strix G15 is the gaming laptop for you. With its 16 GB of RAM (double the 8 GB of the Asus TUF A15) gameplay will be ultra-smooth with minimal motion blur, stuttering or lag to interrupt it. Combine that with its impressive Intel i7 Core CPU and GeForce RTX 2070 GPU and you have one of the most powerful laptops on our list.
- The Strix’s 15.6-inch HD display runs at 144 Hz, a technical term meaning it can display images at an ultra-fast framerate (and it’s more than twice as speedy as the Asus TUF A15!).
- It’s the only gaming laptop on our list featuring advanced liquid-metal cooling for optimum performance.
- The laptop comes with Windows 10 Home pre-installed making it a great choice as an everyday laptop for school, work or streaming video.
Best Gaming Laptop for Students
If your kids are heading to school on a tight budget, you still can find functional and affordable laptops to let them get their game on. This Acer gaming laptop is a great example featuring all the horsepower they’ll need for popular games like World of Warcraft, Minecraft or Fall Guys (if they want to play more-intensive games like Call of Duty, consider the higher-spec ASUS ROG Zephyrus). The Nitro 5 is also futureproofed with expandable memory and storage so they can upgrade it through their college years and beyond. (You can pair it with a comfy gaming chair, which will help their posture during long study sessions, too.)
- Whether they’re printing off their favourite photos, or fragging with friends on a gaming headset, the Acer Nitro 5 has three USB and other connection ports for the job.
- Sure, games will look sweet but your kids can also tuck in for a night of binge-watching The Mandalorian on this laptop’s bright and crisp 15.6-inch screen.
- Solidly built and rugged, the Acer Nitro 5’s 1.1-inch thick and hefty-but-portable six-pound chassis can withstand the occasional knock or bump.
Best Dual-Screen Gaming Laptop
Imagine being immersed in an excellent game of Assassin’s Creed, but at the same time managing your Spotify playlist or monitoring Twitch streams all on a dedicated second screen above the laptop’s keyboard. That’s the HP Omen 15, an innovative gaming laptop capable of handling the most robust games and software, while offering dual-screens for multitaskers.
- Like the Asus ROG Zephyrus, the HP Omen 15’s luminous 15.6-inch HD display is nearly edge-to-edge, great for zoning in on the games, movies and TV shows you and the family will watch.
- Its Intel UHD graphics processor will have your kids shooting three-pointers in NBA 2K20 with smooth, crisp and jitter-free gameplay.
- As the only dual-screen gaming laptop on our list, the HP Omen 15 is best suited for those who like doing double duty at work, school or while gaming.
Best VR-Ready Gaming Laptop
If you’ve ever played Beat Saber, the super-fun virtual reality game that crosses Guitar Hero with Star Wars lightsabers, you know how VR gaming pulls you into an immersive experience that’s on another level. Gaming laptops that have the raw power to handle VR gaming can be north of $2,500, but this Asus TUF has enough muscle for hundreds less.
- For a VR laptop, the Asus TUF is surprisingly lightweight and portable, weighing just five pounds and under an inch thick. It’s ready to take to your friend’s house to show off your VR prowess in Half-Life: Alyx.
- Got some time to kill between Zoom calls? The TUF’s battery delivers over five hours of game time, more than enough juice to beat a few levels of Vader Immortal.
- When you’re ready to return to the real world, the Asus TUF is also a great all-around laptop with Windows 10 and a 15.6-inch screen for all your schoolwork, video-editing or movie-streaming.
Best Standard Laptop That's Also Great for Gaming
Don’t let the fact that it’s not labelled a “gaming laptop” fool you. The HP Pavilion 15 is perfect for families wanting a powerful laptop that everyone can use for work and school while also capable of handling hours of Fortnite and other less intensive games. Sleek, silvery and slim, it’ll easily tag along wherever you and your kids go and look good doing it.
- It’s the only laptop on our list featuring a 15″ touchscreen display for swiping and tapping through game menus or those school and work projects.
- Sometimes your kids forget their headphones, but they won’t need them with this laptop’s dual speakers with audio boost to make their music and movies sing.
- Unique to the Pavilion 15 is its quick-charge feature that powers the battery up to 50 per cent in just 45 minutes so you can work in the park on a sunny day (while your older kids play!) or take it on your next family road trip.
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Your Questions, Answered
Are gaming laptops worth it?
If you’re serious about your gaming, a powerful laptop (or desktop) is a must. It takes a massive amount of processing muscle to handle the 3D images, textures, lighting and sounds that make up modern games. Gaming laptops are built to maximize the performance of all these elements, making them the best choice for gamers. The bonus is they make great everyday computers, too, so in our opinion, yes—gaming laptops are an excellent choice.
What is the best gaming laptop?
The best gaming laptop is the one that suits your needs and budget. Like most tech gadgets, the more money you spend the greater features and better performance you’ll get. For most gamers, we believe that the mid-spec, mid-priced Asus TUF Gaming A15 15.6″ gaming laptop has the best mix of power, features and affordability. If, however, you want to play the latest games on the highest settings, consider premium gaming laptops like the Asus ROG Zephyrus or MSI GP75 Leopard.
How much is a gaming laptop?
Depending on the types of games you play (simple or intensive), you should expect to spend between $800 and $2,000 for a gaming laptop. Less demanding games like Fortnite will run fine on lower-price, lower-spec laptops but for the latest titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Marvel’s Avengers you’ll need a more powerful (and pricier) one.
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Are gaming laptops good for work or school?
Definitely. Because of the ample processing power, good battery life and increasing portability of gaming laptops, they are more suitable for work, school and multimedia applications than they’ve ever been.
What is the best processor for a gaming laptop?
Computer processors, called CPUs, are the brains of your laptop. They handle massive amounts of functions and work in sync with the graphics processor (GPU) to make sure your games are smooth and fast. The best processor is the fastest one you can afford for your budget while balancing it with your other must-have features. We would recommend at least an Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 CPU for gaming. If your budget allows, consider upgrading to faster processors like an Intel Core i7 or i9, or an AMD Ryzen 7 or 9.
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How much does a gaming laptop weigh?
Because of the powerful hardware, most 15- and 17-inch laptops will weigh between 4.6 to 7.2 pounds (2.1 to 3.2 kilograms).
Do gaming laptops have a disc drive?
Most modern laptops have removed the disc drive to shed weight and free up space for other components. In fact, no gaming laptop on our list has an optical drive. If having one is necessary, consider buying an external CD or DVD drive, which typically sells for less than $50. External Blu-ray drives are also available, but they can run as high as $150.
Is a laptop or desktop computer better for gaming?
Generally, desktops offer more power for the cost, can be built to your specific needs and are easily upgradable. But gaming laptops have come a long way in rivalling their desktop counterparts, so if you want portability or to conserve space, opt for a gaming laptop.
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Are gaming laptops more durable?
Gaming laptops typically have a hard chassis (the outer shell) to protect the powerful (and expensive) components inside. This rugged exterior typically makes them more durable than standard laptops and they’re likely to last longer, too.
How much storage does a gaming laptop need?
For most gamers, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage will be enough to install and play dozens of games. Should you need more storage, you can always buy an external hard drive, which adds up to 5 TB of additional space.
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